Speakers

2017 Speakers

Daren Blomquist – Keynote Speaker

Daren Blomquist – Keynote Speaker

Sr. Vice President of Communication, ATTOM Data Solutions

Eddie Wilson – Emcee

Eddie Wilson – Emcee

President, Affinity Worldwide

Eric Abramovich

Eric Abramovich

Chief Credit Officer, ROC Capital Holdings, Inc.

Pete Asmus

Pete Asmus

CEO, GreenZone Properties

Sonia Booker

Sonia Booker

Managing Member, RSG Capital Management, LLC

Nema Daghbandan, ESQ.

Nema Daghbandan, ESQ.

Partner, Geraci Law Firm

Edward M. Aloe

Edward M. Aloe

President & CEO, CALCAP Advisors, Inc.

Mathew Blackstock

Mathew Blackstock

Creative Director, Go Media

Dennis Cisterna III

Dennis Cisterna III

Chief Executive Officer of Investability Solutions, an Altisource business unit

Gene Clark

Gene Clark

President & CLO, 5 Arch

Phillip Dryden

Phillip Dryden

President at Evergreen Note Servicing

Mike Hanna

Mike Hanna

CEO, Investmark Mortgage

Jack Helfrich

Jack Helfrich

Director of Sales, Civic Financial Services

Peter Holzworth

Peter Holzworth

President of the Cannabis LAB - Law, Accounting & Business

Jonathan Hornik

Jonathan Hornik

Founding Partner, Larocca, Hornik, Rosen, Greenberg & Roca

Brew Johnson

Brew Johnson

CEO & Co-Founder, PeerStreet

Crystal Johnson

Crystal Johnson

Loan Operations Manager, Allrise Financial Group

Kellen Jones

Kellen Jones

Chief Strategic Officer, Cache Private Capital

Sam Kaddah

Sam Kaddah

Owner/CEO, Liquid Logics

Erica LaCentra

Erica LaCentra

Marketing Manager, RCN Capital

Jeff Levin

Jeff Levin

President, Specialty Lending Group

Melissa Lucar, Esq.

Melissa Lucar, Esq.

Associate, Geraci Law Firm

Melissa Martorella, ESQ

Melissa Martorella, ESQ

Associate, Geraci Law Firm

Bobby Montagne

Bobby Montagne

CEO, Walnut Street Finance

Robert Mulcahy

Robert Mulcahy

Vice President Specialty Lending at Angel Oak Prime Bridge, LLC

Susan Naftulin

Susan Naftulin

President, Rehab Financial Group

AJ Poulin

AJ Poulin

Vice President of Sales, The Mortgage Office

Chris Ragland

Chris Ragland

Chief Operations Officer, Noble Capital

Yanir Ram

Yanir Ram

CEO, CFO & Director Precise Real Estate Solutions, Inc

Chris Richter

Chris Richter

Co-Founder, Audantic

Erica Ruzicka

Erica Ruzicka

Executive Director at Private Money Lending Guide

Jeffrey Tesch

Jeffrey Tesch

Managing Director, RCN Capital

Brian Tortorella

Brian Tortorella

Managing Director, Head of Mortgage & Real Estate Debt Alternatives, Smith Graham

Andy Williams

Andy Williams

Founder, Recon Realty

Shawn Woedl

Shawn Woedl

Vice President, National Real Estate Insurance Group

Highlighted Speakers

Daren Blomquist – Keynote Speaker

Daren Blomquist – Keynote Speaker

Sr. Vice President of Communication, ATTOM Data Solutions

Daren Blomquist is Senior Vice President of Communications at ATTOM Data Solutions (formerly RealtyTrac), where he directs ATTOM Media, a division of the company that publishes original real estate reports sourced from the ATTOM Data Warehouse, the nation’s most comprehensive property database.

ATTOM Media real estate reports are cited by thousands of media outlets nationwide — including all the major news networks and leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and USA TODAY. Daren has been quoted in hundreds of national and local publications and has appeared on many national network broadcasts, including CBS, ABC, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business and Bloomberg.

Daren is also executive editor of the Housing News Report, a monthly newsletter published by ATTOM Data Solutions and named best newsletter by the National Association of Real Estate Editors in 2015 and 2016.

Prior to becoming senior vice president of communications in 2016, Daren held several positions with the company over the years, starting out as a member services representative, then managing the customer service team before becoming marketing communications manager in 2005, director of marketing communications in 2010, and vice president in 2012.

A graduate of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, Daren lives in Mission Viejo, California.

Eddie Wilson – Emcee

Eddie Wilson – Emcee

President, Affinity Worldwide

Eddie graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in broadcast sales and marketing. He also studied marketing at Georgia Tech and business management at Emory University. He is most known for elevating a talk radio station in Atlanta to the level of “Most Listened to Station in the World” (Radio and Records Magazine, 2002). He has owned his own advertising agency and worked with clients including Pepsi, P&G, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Mall America. He is now the president of Affinity Worldwide and speaks at venues across the country including well-known universities on topics such as branding, marketing, and innovation in business.

Eric Abramovich

Eric Abramovich

Chief Credit Officer, ROC Capital Holdings, Inc.

Eric Abramovich is Co-Founder of Roc Lending, a subsidiary of Roc Capital, and the nation’s premier capital provider to private lenders. ‎He began his career at Deutsche Bank as a quantitative equity long/short trader. He and his team spun out of Deutsche Bank in 2009 to form Roc Capital, one of the largest hedge fund launches post the crisis at over $1 billion. He is also a partner in an investment vehicle that acquires, rehabs and flips distressed properties. ‎By combining his expertise in finance and real estate, he has built up a business whose sole purpose is to serve the needs of private lenders. Eric received his B.A. in Finance and Actuarial Science from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Pete Asmus

Pete Asmus

CEO, GreenZone Properties

Pete Asmus is a real estate investor who specializes in marketing, branding, and raising capital. He has a well-established history of securing capital for
projects such as flipping high-end residential properties and creating small businesses. He has personally purchased and invested in mobile homes, single-family homes, restaurant franchises, and commercial buildings.

Pete has spent the last decade learning, teaching, and speaking, making connections and building relationships with top deal makers in the industry.
He has always been driven to build platforms and strategies that he not only could personally invest in, but that would also provide opportunities for other investors. His achievements have come with both successes and challenges, challenges that Pete has used to prove that he has the ability to not only survive the storm, but thrive.

A strong proponent of transparency and openness, Pete always includes his investors (who he prefers to call his partners) in his decisions. When he formed The Asmus Group and its many subsidiaries, it was always his primary focus to take care of and look out for his investors, aiming at all times to create truly win/win relationships and business models.

Sonia Booker

Sonia Booker

Managing Member, RSG Capital Management, LLC

Sonia is Chief of Sonia Booker Enterprises. She’s a popular media host, best-selling author, respected educator, sought-after public speaker, and Think Realty Coach. But first and foremost, Sonia is an entrepreneur and real estate investor. Sonia built her business from the ground up and has successfully managed $50 million in assets. Sharing her strategies for success has earned her a reputation in the industry as “The Wealth Builder.”

Nema Daghbandan, ESQ.

Nema Daghbandan, ESQ.

Partner, Geraci Law Firm

Daghbandan’s practice encompasses all facets of real estate transactions. He represents lenders, brokers, all aspects of loan documents for commercial, residential, construction, multi-family, servicing agreements, spread agreements, assignments (of all types), leases, lien releases, procurement agreements, inter-creditor agreements and subordination agreements throughout the country. Daghbandan also leads the firm’s non-judicial foreclosure practice and advises clients on all default related matters. He has closed hundreds of millions of dollars in loans throughout the country.
Geraci Law Firm

Edward M. Aloe

Edward M. Aloe

President & CEO, CALCAP Advisors, Inc.

Mr. Aloe is the Founder and CEO of CALCAP Advisors. He is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations and performance of the company and its affiliates, CALCAP Lending, CALCAP Properties and CALCAP Asset Management. Mr. Aloe is also Chairman of the company’s Investment Committee responsible for guiding the overall investment strategy of the firm. CALCAP has raised over $240 million from over 180 high net worth investors.

Prior to founding CALCAP, Mr. Aloe was a Regional President for IndyMac Bank, where he was responsible for managing the Correspondent Lending Division for the Western U. S.  He was a Founding Member of prestigious Sales Executive Council (SEC) and responsible for over $10 Billion in purchased mortgage assets.

Mr. Aloe graduated from the University of San Diego with a B.B.A. degree in Business. He has served on the Board of Foothill Family Services, a Non Profit, and has actively raised money for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He also serves on the Real Estate Committee for the USD Burnham-Moores Program. Ed resides in San Marino, CA with his wife and three children.

Mathew Blackstock

Mathew Blackstock

Creative Director, Go Media

Matthew Blackstock, Creative Director of Go Media in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA, found himself just 5 years earlier, immersed in media and marketing in the Chicagoland area. Fresh out of college he took his skills in marketing and passion for media to a local television broadcast where he quickly helped take it to a national scale. Since then he has lead several media teams, including a non-profit that takes radio and television programming to nearly 75 international markets.  He now uses every skill he’s acquired to help small and large businesses alike achieve their goals by reaching their clientele, using the most up to date technology and information on the market.

Dennis Cisterna III

Dennis Cisterna III

Chief Executive Officer of Investability Solutions, an Altisource business unit

Dennis Cisterna III is the Chief Executive Officer of Investability Solutions, an Altisource business unit focused on providing a comprehensive suite of services to the SFR investment sector. He was appointed CEO in July after spending the previous 18 months as the firm’s Chief Revenue Officer. Prior to Investability he served as Managing Director of FirstKey Lending, a portfolio company of Cerberus Capital Management.

Dennis has held a wide variety of management positions within the real estate investment sector including key roles at notable firms such as Johnson Capital, Lennar, and Toll Brothers. Throughout his career, he has been completed more than $3 billion worth of real estate transactions across the U.S. and Europe.

A requested speaker at economic and real estate conferences across the nation, Dennis also serves as a contributor for U.S. News & World Report and hosts The Investability podcast. He is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in California and has a B.A. in Political Science from San Diego State University.

Gene Clark

Gene Clark

President & CLO, 5 Arch

Gene Clark currently serves as the president and Chief Legal Officer of 5AFC, and is the CLO of its parent company, 5 Arches, LLC. Before that, he was the chief operating officer and general counsel of Arch Bay Capital, and the general counsel of 3 Arch Financial Services. He co-­founded the law firm of Miller & Clark, specializing in bankruptcy, real estate and corporate matters. Mr. Clark started his career at an international law firm before taking an in­-house counsel role at a publicly-traded finance company. He earned both his J.D. and his B.A. in Communications from Brigham Young University.

Phillip Dryden

Phillip Dryden

President at Evergreen Note Servicing

Phil began his escrow career at Uniland Escrow, Inc in 1985. He ran their contract collection (account servicing) department for 3 years, before being promoted to Manager. Since that time, he has changed the company name to Evergreen Note Servicing, purchased the company from its founding owners, and expanded the company to 7 offices, spanning from Arizona to Washington. Over his career, he has managed over 70,000 seller financed transactions for customers in various states. He has served as President of the Escrow Association of Washington. He is currently the 1st Vice President of the American Escrow Association. Phil was awarded the Earl J. Barrett award for dedication to the escrow industry by the American Escrow Association in 2012. He holds both an Escrow Officer license and Limited Practice Officer license in the State of Washington. In 2003 he was appointed by Governor Locke to serve as an Escrow Commissioner for the State of Washington. He has served as the Chairman for the Washington State Escrow Commission since 2008. He holds Escrow Officer Licenses in Idaho, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and a Real Estate Broker license in California.

Mike Hanna

Mike Hanna

CEO, Investmark Mortgage

Hanna is a real estate investor, hard money lender, mentor and author. He has been an active real estate investor since 2002, and has been in the hard money business since 2005. Altogether, he has completed over 1,600 transactions. He is the leader of one of the premier real estate mastermind groups in North Texas. Hanna is a member of the American Association of Private Lenders (AAPL), is a Certified Private Lender, and is a member of the AAPL Ethics Advisory Committee. He is also the owner/principal of Investmark Mortgage, LLC, which is an award winning hard money lender with offices in North Texas, South Texas and Central Texas. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.

Investmark Mortgage

Jack Helfrich

Jack Helfrich

Director of Sales, Civic Financial Services

Jack Helfrich is the Director of Sales for Civic Financial Services, a Private Money lender based in Redondo Beach, CA. In 2014, Jack helped start Civic which has since provided over $900 million in debt to real estate investors across the country.

Peter Holzworth

Peter Holzworth

President of the Cannabis LAB - Law, Accounting & Business

Mr. Peter Holzworth served as a portfolio manager with Merrill Lynch from 2005-2008 before leaving and starting Pennington Asset
Management, a Florida based registered investment advisory firm. Launching Thompson Mactavish, lending to bank challenged
industries, Mr. Holzworth began lending to the cannabis industry. In 2014 Mr. Holzworth was named Chief Investment Officer of
BioTrackTHC where he implemented the regulatory cannabis tracking programs for the states of WA, IL, NM, HI and NY. BioTrackTHC
provided over 1800 compliant cannabis companies across 25 states and 5 countries, operational and compliant seed to sale tracking
software. Today, Mr. Holzworth leads Pacific Century Holdings limited partners in prudent acquisiton of cannabis related commercial real
estate primarily in the state of California.

Jonathan Hornik

Jonathan Hornik

Founding Partner, Larocca, Hornik, Rosen, Greenberg & Roca

Jonathan Hornik is a founding partner in the law firm of Larocca, Hornik, Rosen, Greenberg & Blaha (LHRG&B) where he serves as co-chair of the Real Estate and Finance Department. His practice concentrates in the financing, investment and acquisition, and generation of mortgages, mortgage pools as well as other real estate and commercial transactions.
Hornik has successfully handled many significant financing, real estate and other corporate transactions throughout his career. He advises his clients in all aspects of transactional real estate and corporate matters, to include private placement memorandums, subscription agreements, limited liability companies, acquisition and disposition of properties, businesses and other assets, operation and financing of projects, stock and asset purchases, institutional investments, credit facilities, joint ventures, partnerships, commercial lending and leasing. Hornik developed specific expertise in workouts, the restructuring of loan transactions, advising clients on the restructuring and disposition of loans and distressed real estate in and out of the foreclosure process. Prior to joining LHRG&B as partner, Hornik was vice president and general counsel of one of the nation’s largest direct private lenders. He is an acknowledged expert in deal structuring and negotiation. LHRG&B is a business oriented full service Wall Street law firm with offices in New York and New Jersey.
LHRGB

Brew Johnson

Brew Johnson

CEO & Co-Founder, PeerStreet

Brew is the CEO and Co-Founder of PeerStreet, a platform for investing in real estate backed loans. Brew’s experience with technology platforms, real estate and law culminated in the unique PeerStreet concept. Prior to PeerStreet, he worked as general counsel at VirtualTourist where he oversaw the company’s $85 million sale to Expedia/TripAdvisor. Before that, he was a real estate attorney at Allen Matkins Leck Gamble & Mallory and a technology attorney at Brobeck Phleger & Harrison. At Allen Matkins, Brew advised some of the largest real estate development and investment firms in the country on a wide variety of complex real estate transactions. He continues to advise startups and is an active real estate developer, investor and private lender. Brew graduated from USC with degrees in international relations and history and earned his JD from the UCLA School of Law.
PeerStreet

Crystal Johnson

Crystal Johnson

Loan Operations Manager, Allrise Financial Group

Crystal is a client-oriented professional with over 15 years of experience. Her dedication to continuous improvement has led her to deliver exceptional results in business development, employee management and strategic planning. Crystal’s extensive financial background has made her instrumental in helping execute business projects and closing deals. Her upbeat and cheerful personality boosts company and client morale.

Kellen Jones

Kellen Jones

Chief Strategic Officer, Cache Private Capital

Kellen Jones is the COO of Cache Private Capital and is responsible for creating, communicating, executing and sustaining all primary operations within CPC. He is responsible for critical functions such as advising on company product development, internal lending procedures, ensuring a healthy loan pipeline, meeting company loan objectives and bringing new strategic initiatives to the company. Jones’ ability to tap into his creativity, strategic ability and management skills have positively impacted lending modalities from streamlining private lending systems, placement of funds to the effectiveness of exit strategies.
Jones’ broad array of experience includes an in-depth knowledge of land development, commercial and residential properties, retail leasing, raw land and several other non-conventional assets. Over the past decade Jones has managed a $150 million collateral disposition team and played a pivotal role in the implementation of over $750 million in private loan transactions. He holds an appointment on the American Association of Private Lenders Ethics Advisory Committee through 2017.

Sam Kaddah

Sam Kaddah

Owner/CEO, Liquid Logics

Kaddah is an entrepreneurial business leader with a broad-based background in leading firms through complex environments. A strategic thinker and effective communicator, he formerly served Ernst & Young as their director of global operations and technology leadership. He was a director at GE Transportation and CTO for First Horizon’s subprime lending division, bringing their proprietary LOS and AUS system online. Co-workers call him an inspiring leader with experience in mergers & acquisitions, emerging technology, ERP, Six Sigma, and global operations. His career has been characterized by providing leadership to meet business objectives of efficiency and revenue, while maintaining outcome quality. Kaddah founded Liquid Logics in 2004.
Liquid Logics

Erica LaCentra

Erica LaCentra

Marketing Manager, RCN Capital

LaCentra is responsible for planning, developing and implementing RCN Capital’s strategic marketing plan. Joining the company in 2013, her efforts have rapidly expanded RCN’s customer base and elevated the company to a national brand. LaCentra handles the creation of the company’s traditional and digital media, the management of paid search advertising, social media marketing and email marketing as well as the coordination of tradeshow sponsorships and event involvement. Erica holds a B.S. in advertising with a minor in advertising design from Suffolk University.
RCN Capital

Jeff Levin

Jeff Levin

President, Specialty Lending Group

JEFFREY N. LEVIN is the Founder and President of Specialty Lending Group and Pinewood Financial, which together provide a full suite of boutique private real estate lending services in the Greater Washington Area. Prior to launching SLG, between 1993 and 2007, Jeff was a Co-Founder and CEO of iWantaLowRate.com and a Co-founder and President of Monument Mortgage. Jeff is a recognized authority on real estate investing and, as such, is a frequent author, lecturer and panelist. He earned a B.A. from The American University in Washington D.C. and lives on Capitol Hill with his wife Dunniela, a Canadian trade lawyer, and his two sons, Jack and Charlie.

Melissa Lucar, Esq.

Melissa Lucar, Esq.

Associate, Geraci Law Firm

Melissa is an associate in the Securities and Corporate Department and focuses her practice in helping clients raise capital via private placements offerings and other alternative investments. Melissa also ensures compliance with all applicable federal and state securities laws and advises clients on how to organize and structure their business. Prior to joining Geraci the team, Melissa represented clients in a variety of tort liability cases where she handled discovery, pleadings, wrote settlement briefs, made court appearances, and conducted depositions.

Melissa Martorella, ESQ

Melissa Martorella, ESQ

Associate, Geraci Law Firm

Martorella joined Geraci Law Firm as an associate attorney in the banking and finance section in August 2015. Martorella’s experience includes representing lenders and brokers, preparing commercial, residential, and construction loan documents, as well as drafting assignments, extensions, modifications, and subordination agreements. She also has experience assisting with negotiating the terms of transactions, drafting custom language, and closing loans. Martorella has prepared loan documents for transactions all over the country and adheres to the compliance of state-specific laws.
Geraci Law Firm

Bobby Montagne

Bobby Montagne

CEO, Walnut Street Finance

Bobby Montagne is a real estate entrepreneur with three decades of experience in commercial and residential property development, finance and sales. Having successfully overseen billions in career transactions, he is among an elite class of private real estate lenders that has consistently delivered high-quality returns to partners and investors.

A native of Fairfax, VA, Bobby earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with Honors from George Mason University and a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Tech. He serves on the American Association of Private Lenders’ Ethics Advisory Committee.

Robert Mulcahy

Robert Mulcahy

Vice President Specialty Lending at Angel Oak Prime Bridge, LLC

Oversee and manage investment property lending operations. Responsibilities include creating specialty landlord financing and renovation lending products for distressed home purchase financing. With over 15 years direct lending experience focused on the residential real estate market. Specific areas cover credit risk, building an origination platform to develop sales and marketing of lending programs within the distressed Single & Residential Multi Family assets.

He began his career in New York with Tullett & Tokyo a financial futures brokerage firm working in the mortgage backed securities and bond futures department. Mr. Mulcahy has consulted 1,000’s of clients on their home purchasing and investing needs. His background has allowed him to build an extensive network of contacts within the Real Estate Investing market. These relationships and firsthand experience with in the market provide a solid foundation that allow him to be a sought after resource for single family investment financing and acquisition.

Susan Naftulin

Susan Naftulin

President, Rehab Financial Group

Naftulin is the co-founder and current president of Rehab Financial Group, LP. Prior to forming RFG, she held several senior management positions in the mortgage industry to include general counsel, managing attorney, COO and senior vice president for both privately and publicly held mortgage lenders. In each of these positions, Naftulin was responsible for multiple aspects of the company such as loan origination and documentation, licensing and regulatory compliance, servicing, default management, litigation management and human resources. Prior to entering the mortgage industry, she was a creditors’ rights attorney with the Philadelphia law firm Fox Rothschild LLP. She obtained her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and has two B.A. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, in history and the other in secondary education.
Naftulin also serves on the American Association of Private Lenders Ethics Advisory Committee where she continuously upholds the real estate industry’s values and supports professional conduct in private lending.
Rehab Financial

AJ Poulin

AJ Poulin

Vice President of Sales, The Mortgage Office

Poulin assisted with the implementation of the Applied Business Software’s (ABS), The Mortgage Office loan servicing software for hundreds of companies around the globe. His list of clients includes the “who’s who” of private lenders in the U.S. He graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering with a focus on computer software. Prior to ABS, Poulin wrote software at General Electric for defense contracts and his projects included the F-16 Fighter Jet, the Apache Attack Helicopter and the M-1 Tank.
The Mortgage Office

Chris Ragland

Chris Ragland

Chief Operations Officer, Noble Capital

Chris is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Acute Financial and its parent company, Noble Capital. He hosts Real Wealth Blueprint, a talk radio show produced by Noble Capital and Acute Financial. He spent 15 years in loan servicing, loss mitigation, full service brokerage, insurance, management, maintenance, rehabilitation and REO disposition.

Yanir Ram

Yanir Ram

CEO, CFO & Director Precise Real Estate Solutions, Inc

Yanir Ram is a co-founder of PRES and has served as a Director and our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer since our formation in 2013.  His role includes overseeing our business departments which include our accounting, finance, sales and marketing departments.  Mr. Ram has over 17 years of finance and operations experience.  Mr. Ram is also currently a co-founder and an executive officer of several real estate investment and holding companies (over 1000 flips since inception and owner/manager of 500 SFR), and an investor and adviser and board member to several high-tech start-ups.  From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Ram was the CFO and a Director of Fidelis Diagnostics, a healthcare services company.  From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Ram was the Director of Marketing and Strategy for RightOrder, Inc., a data management company.  From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Ram was the Director of Operations for Tefen, an international publicly-traded operations management consulting firm.

Mr. Ram holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an MBA from the Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley.

Chris Richter

Chris Richter

Co-Founder, Audantic

Chris Richter, co-founder of a company called Audantic which handles statistics and analytics for real estate and investors. Chris takes tons of data and breaks it down to give his clients the best results for finding those highly-motivated sellers and scaling their business.  Chris has been involved in wholesaling in the greater Seattle metro area and has developed an outstanding data mining business.  Chris went to school for Astrophysics and was an engineer for almost five years.

Erica Ruzicka

Erica Ruzicka

Executive Director at Private Money Lending Guide

Jeffrey Tesch

Jeffrey Tesch

Managing Director, RCN Capital

Jeffrey Tesch, Managing Director, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of RCN Capital LLC, including sales growth initiatives, underwriting review with compliance oversight and leadership of senior level strategic planning. Joining the Company in 2010, Tesch led efforts to develop a national brand in private lending with the best practices and transparent products for a diverse customer base. Since RCN’s inception, Jeff has personally underwritten over 2,750 loans and overseen $500M+ in originations. Jeff’s previous real estate experience was as an investor in both commercial and residential properties, ranging from single family homes to commercial retail centers. Jeff currently serves as a member of the American Association of Private Lenders’ (AAPL) Ethics Advisory Committee.

Brian Tortorella

Brian Tortorella

Managing Director, Head of Mortgage & Real Estate Debt Alternatives, Smith Graham

Brian is the Head of Mortgage & Real Estate Debt Alternatives and has over 20 years of experience in the investment industry. In his role, Brian is responsible for the management and oversight of the New York investment team as well as the strategic vision of the business.

Prior to joining Smith Graham, Brian started and ran the Residential Mortgage group at Five Mile Capital Partners where he spent over 9 years responsible for raising, investing and managing over $800 million of equity through both commingled funds and investment vehicles with residential mortgage exclusive strategies. Brian’s earlier work experiences include being a Director of Mortgage Trading at UBS and an Associate Director at Goldman Sachs’ Mortgage Trading Group. He began his career at Ernst and Young LLP auditing financial services firms and has the CPA designation. Brian received his BS in Accounting from Villanova University.
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Andy Williams

Andy Williams

Founder, Recon Realty

Andy Williams has been passionate about real estate since his days in Iraq. He say’s “Real Estate was my safe haven from the war.” Mr. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship and is a licensed realtor with the state of Texas. He has effectively originated, underwritten, and closed over $250,000M of real estate transactions in the current real estate marketplace, heavily entrenched in the finance; continuously identifying trends and definitive shifts in inventory and investor appetite.

Mr. Williams most recent venture included an entrepreneurial position with B2R Finance, a Blackstone Tactical Opportunities venture launched in 2013 to create value add to residential real estate investors. Prior to management firm, penetrating and then expanding market share in the structured debt-lending sector in DFW by focusing on distressed REO residential rehabilitation.

Mr. Williams developed and managed the firms mortgage broker & borrower relationships. Throughout his career he has developed a keen track record for accurately determining safe markets with growth and expansion for deployment of investor capital. He has monitored and maintained overview of funded projects through the Value Add process until disposition. As professional watchmen of investment capital, Mr. Williams continues to identify and follow market trends, profiling changes, and accurately adjusting companies’ structure for local market accuracies. Additional Mr. Williams between 2005 and 2015 has personally invested in over 100 Real Estate transactions and holds over 85% of those assets in his personal investment portfolio today. Mr. Williams is a US Marine and passionate social entrepreneur with a steadfast mission to create change within his ranks as he continues to pursue his passion to add value to the real estate industry. God. Country. Family is his corps values. After serving his country he is beyond blessed to come home to start a family, which drives him daily to add value within the communities he invest.

Shawn Woedl

Shawn Woedl

Vice President, National Real Estate Insurance Group

Woedl, the vice president of National Real Estate Insurance Group (NREIG) is an industry-recognized speaker and educator with an emphasis in commercial property. Prior to committing to growing NREIG into the largest and most profitable insurance program in the country, Woedl spent the previous seven years with CORE Insurance Group, specializing in large habitational risks nationwide.
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